Travel in comfort and style. Make the most out of your business trip with these handy apps.
With travel applications, like Travel Translator, showing the potential and practicality of smartwatches, it’s no wonder developers are targeting the globetrotting consumers.
Sometimes it’s little things like altering phone settings from your wearable, other times the smartwatch takes over important tasks like booking flights, checking delays and making reservations.
Whatever you use it for, it’s impossible to deny that wearable tech is perfect travel companion for travellers on a tight schedule. Here are the apps available for smartwatch that we believe will benefit anyone travelling for business.
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|Business Traveller Apps||About the App||Compatibility|
|Wear Buddy||Much like Toggle Wear, it’s the little things that Wear Buddy does that make it so special. Ever had that horrible feeling that you’ve left your phone behind when travelling. We’re constantly checking the time, making calls, and loading boarding passes, all while lugging around way too much luggage– it’s all too easy to misplace your expensive smart device in the process. Well, worry not, Wear Buddy’s got your back. Not only does this helpful app notify you when your phone is out of bluetooth range, it will also cause your phone to ring if it can’t be located.And as if it couldn’t be any more helpful, Wear Buddy also buzzes on your wrist to let you know when your phone’s battery is running low, let’s you know when someone is calling and lets you reject the call if you simply don’t have the time to talk.||Android Wear|
|Uber||Hailing a taxi is no easy task wherever you are. Uber knows this, and it’s this daily gripe that pushed founder Travis Kalanick to start Uber up back in 2009. But, did you know you can now order an Uber driver from your compatible wearable? Today, Uber’s services extend worldwide, so no matter what city you are in, a lift from an Uber driver is just a tap of the wrist away. Not only can you summon an Uber driver from you smartwatch, but you’ll also be able to check how far away the driver is, how their rating stacks up and the model and license plate of the vehicle you’ll be collected in (so you don’t embarrass yourself by hopping into some random’s car).||Apple Watch|
|Babbel||There are apps that translate phrases for you while travelling abroad. Then there’s the Babbel app coming to Apple Watch. While most translation apps do all the hard work for you by (roughly) translating foreign languages, the Babbel app makes sure you learn a little something in your travels. What’s so unique about the Babbel app for Apple Watch is that it chooses what phrases to teach you based off your location. Say you’re walking past a restaurant in France, Babbel will tap at your wrist and let you know important phrases to help you make reservations or order a meal. You’ll never accidentally order something outside of your precious paleo diet again.||Apple Watch|
|Qantas||Airports are some of the most stressful places in the world, everybody knows that, but no one knows it better than the ladies and gents that face the carnage every single day, airline employees. That’s why it makes sense that many airlines, like Qantas, are developing simple, user friendly smartwatch apps that help soften the blow of airport anxiety. The Qantas smartwatch app in particular will notify you about delays, gate changes, arrival and departure times, and there’s even been some speculation that you’ll eventually be able to purchase tickets directly from your wrist.||Apple Watch and Android Wear|
|Tripcase||Each app we’ve mentioned so far serves a unique purpose that aims to make your travels a little easier. But, what if there was an app that covered all bases, an app that serviced all your travel needs? That’s the beauty of Tripcase. This beloved travel app for iOS and Android has made its way to the (even) smaller screen, with apps available for Pebble, Tizen, Apple Watch and Android Wear. With each version app you’ll be able to receive notifications on flight delays, gate changes and other important flight info. In addition to these features, Android Wear and Apple Watch versions will display rich text notifications, launch the smartphone app from your watch, order a Uber car and tag interesting locations with GPS so you can return when you’ve got more time. While a lot of other apps are looking to offer a little convenience when you travel, Tripcase is trying to change the way you travel by integrating everything from hotel reservations, dinner plans and real-time flight data into one master itinerary. The perfect companion for anybody looking to fit a bit of fun in between important meetings.||Pebble, Pebble Steel, Android Wear, Apple Watch and Tizen|
Frequently asked questions
Can I use my smartwatch travel apps without my phone?
It depends on whether the app requires a mobile connection. With most smartwatches, you will need to be connected to your smartphone over Bluetooth to access network features. However, the new Gear S can run independently with its own SIM card.
Where do I purchase apps for my smartwatch?
It depends on the device. Most Android Wear and Apple Watch's use the same app store as you would for your phone. However, there is a stand alone Apple Watch App Store on the way, and the Gear range already has it's own store where you down load apps for your Samsung smartwatch.